Next it was time to visit The Ginger Man. The Ginger Man is very close by to my previous stop and had a similarly electric buzz going on. The noise level was similar but was driven more by animated conversations than any football fandom or strumming strings. No live music but many lively people.
The décor here was much different. Contrast Rattle N’ Hum’s DIY collage/homage to everything beer to The Ginger Man’s dark woods, framed beer posters and the ginger-orange glow of its bartop lamps. That’s right—bartop lamps. Very cool.
They have an impressive set of taps to match their bottle list. There were many temptations but this time I was piqued by the possibilities from
. The only craft beer from Japan Japan available in is the line of Hitachino products so I jumped at the chance to try some Baird’s. They had a porter on offer, perfect to stand up to the strong fare I had been drinking previously (see part II) Canada
The Japanese Stout really holds together as a well-balanced slow-sipper. It is mellow and more-ish. It give me plenty of time to melt into my seat. I am tired and quite buzzed. This is no time for beers that will be drunk so quickly as to practically evaporate out of the glass.
Overall, I would score it as 'Very Nice'.
Stephanie, if you are reading this, so far your advice has worked out fairly well for me down here. I believe I owe you a drink.